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The world’s premier rum festival, The RumFest, returns to the UK in October with a fresh look and new venue.


imageNo other event on the rum calendar embraces the passion and culture of rum like The RumFest. For the last seven years the event has grown to new heights along with the meteoric rise in popularity for the spirit, becoming the biggest gathering of rum lovers in the world. Launched by Global Rum Ambassador Ian Burrell and The Rum Experience, 2014’s event promises to be the best year yet, returning with plenty of rum-fuelled excitement and innovative new additions that will take The RumFest to the next level.

Included within the price, visitors are invited to try over 400 different blends from around the world with some of the most exquisite rums available to sip, savour and buy. Seminars, masterclasses and workshops will take place across the two days where brands, ambassadors and entire country takeovers will be educating all in attendance about the wonders of this historic, diverse and brilliant spirit. Whether a keen rum enthusiast, all-round spirit lover or new to the category, The RumFest is the first-stop shop enticing all to embrace rum as a lifestyle choice.

In a new move and after the huge success of the last year’s Connoisseur’s Cove area, organisers will be inviting enthusiasts to delve even further into the world’s most premium rums with the all-new ‘Golden Tot Tokens’. Tokens can be purchased on the day for a mere £5 that once exchanged will give visitors the chance for a very special exclusive tasting. The super fan will be given unprecedented access to rum’s elite with tots that usually retail for over £200 a bottle.

Rum brands from around the world will be heading to the ILEC in October along with the industry’s top blenders, mixologists and distillers. Ticket holders can try out new blends, learn how to make cocktails and explore rum’s culture with immersive masterclasses, seminars and demonstrations. The RumFest’s famous tropical food market takes to the live stage in 2014 with flavours from exotic rum making locations along with rum pairing and demonstrations. Temperatures will also be rising out of the kitchen with a vibrant carnival atmosphere of live music and performances with the chance to kick back after a day of “edu-taining” at the dedicated Carnival Hour. Armed with cocktails, the floor will be filled with live bands, souk dancers and the spirit of rum fully embraced in the ultimate party finale.

The RumFest takes place in London at the ILEC on Friday 10th to Sunday 12th October 2013. Standard tickets are now on sale at £49.95, which include access to all areas of the the event and single measure tastings from the majority of exhibitors. Golden Tot Tokens are £5 each and allow for additional access to the more premium rums on offer. One token can be exchanged for rum retailing £80 – £100 and more expensive rums will be available for additional tokens.